Bob Marley – Essex House Interview 1980 – Subtitles


Bob Marley:               Yes, go into it now.

Earl Chin:                    Welcome back again to Rockers 80’s.

Bob Marley:               Oh wow.

Earl Chin:                    It’s a pleasure to have the man right here.

Bob Marley:               Nice man, nice.

Earl Chin:                    How the man feeling?

Bob Marley:               Cool.

Earl Chin:                    You know what I want to ask you the rhythm there ‘Redemption Song’ have you done it any other way yet? Do you have a rhythm? You don’t do a ….without a rhythm.

Bob Marley:                Yes man it has a rhythm.

Earl Chin:                    I like that style still. It’s one of my favorite Bob Marley so far.

Bob Marley:                What are you saying?!

Earl Chin:                    Yeah man, I love it. I love it. I also want to take the opportunity and congratulate you on the last album “Uprising”. I think it’s going to be another smash too. Yeah. So the last time we had the opportunity of speaking you were getting ready to do a tour. And it seems like coincidentally it is what’s happening again

Bob Marley:                Again.

Earl Chin:                    Because you have just finished a tour in Europe, right.

Bob Marley:                Yeah man.

Earl Chin:                    I was reading something it today and it says like one of the highest attended, viewed tour in Europe so far this year.

Bob Marley:                Yeah.

Earl Chin:                    Yeah man. It is a remarkable thing for yourself and for reggae music because I think that’s an indication that the music is totally accepted and that’s nice.

Bob Marley:                Wow.

Earl Chin:                     You think so?

Bob Marley:                Yeah man.

Earl Chin:                    And this last album here how long ago did you record it? Was it recorded simultaneously when you were doing survival?

Bob Marley:                No, I did some of the track but we did some new tracks for this album.

Earl Chin:                    When does the tour start?

Bob Marley:                On the 15th of this month.

Earl Chin:                    15th? So you’re going to start in New York?

Bob Marley:                Boston.

Earl Chin:                    Boston. I think the album here should go into the top 10 because it is doing very well on the charts presently.

Bob Marley:                Is that so.

Earl Chin:                    Across the billboard and the other trade magazine papers. Yeah.

                                    Inaudible speaking off screen.

Earl Chin:                    Still working for that. So do you think the black masters in America are ready to accept the music?

Bob Marley:                The who?

Earl Chin:                    Black Americans. Do you think they are ready to accept reggae music?

Bob Marley:                If they are ready to accept it? I don’t know if they are ready to accept it but it’s coming to them.

Earl Chin:                    They have no alternative. Right. I get to understand that you’re going to be working at The Garden with the Commodores. The first time when I heard that I was a little puzzled because I know that you’re capable of selling out The Garden by yourself. So I was wondering why you would choose to do that when you are capable of….?

Bob Marley:                It’s just a thing, you know? And because it’s unusual I want to do it.

Earl Chin:                    No programmed way. Any way that is tactical you’ll want to do it?

Bob Marley:                Yeah?

Earl Chin:                    You just want to do it any other way except the regular, programmed way?

Bob Marley:                Yeah, you know?

Earl Chin:                    So seeing to the fact that so many people would be coming there, like the Commodores and some other people and things- and a lot of the roots people in the New York City area will not be able to attend that will you be doing anything else in New York City in the near future?

Bob Marley:                Well, we want the roots people to come there regardless of where we go. We have enough space for whoever wants to come.

Earl Chin:                    Is it going to be 1 show or 2 shows?

Bob Marley:                2.

Earl Chin:                    2 days.

Bob Marley:                Yeah.

Earl Chin:                    Seen, Personally, I think that your music now is setting a trend for what’s happening right now. Because I notice that some of the other stations that were reluctant to play reggae music are playing it now, which I think is a very…. move.

Bob Marley:                This thing is a thing that as time goes on the people find out that this is for real.

Earl Chin:                    Is it a lot of pressure being Bob Marley?

Bob Marley:                Pressure?

Earl Chin:                    Yeah. What I mean by that is a superstar.

Bob Marley:                I am not a superstar.

Earl Chin:                    Well, through the eyes of the Babylonians….

Bob Marley:                Well, I don’t see myself through the eyes of the Babylonians.

Earl Chin:                    I mean the other people, you know?

Bob Marley:                Well, to tell you the truth I am not a superstar.

Earl Chin:                    The man is just delivering a message?

Bob Marley:                I am just a simple man. I am just a Rasta.

Earl Chin:                    True, true. How did you like working in Zimbabwe?

Bob Marley:                Yeah man.

Earl Chin:                    It was quite a vibrant situation that you think should happen.

Bob Marley:                Yeah man. Good thing that to happen- going to Africa to play music.

Earl Chin:                    It’s the place where it all originate from; it’s going really to it’s roots, you know? So do you like the trend that reggae music is following now? I mean like over the chronological development and thing, do you like how it is progressing right now?

Bob Marley:                Time is a progress, you know. That is one thing with it; the other is the progress.

Earl Chin:                    Ever moving on, continuously. There’s a lot of white guys playing a music called ‘new wave’ which is based upon reggae. How do you feel about that?

Bob Marley:                How I feel about that? Well, the thing is reggae music is reggae music in a sense, you know, is anyone know what reggae music is. But I don’t think they have a law saying who must play it or who mustn’t play it. So it is a thing that all who are going to want to try to play it are going to try to play it and they might come up with something different and call it different names.

Earl Chin:                    Seen, seen.

Bob Marley:                Because what I feel about reggae music is that I feel the music has to really come from in the root of it to really get over the plain of it. You have the feeling; the feeling is there but to play the root of it, you have to really have some background of where that music comes from. Why you love it, you know? Because some people might just play it because of sound and thing but it right and thing but it has a natural and deep inner thing going on.

Earl Chin:                    Seen, seen. It’s like a lot of people in America or wherever might lock their hair and say that they say that it is Rasta but they are not really saying Rasta; they say it is a style. So that might be an example of what is happening to the music too, you see. What will you tell the youths of today? What would you try to communicate to the youths of today in particular?

Bob Marley:                What could I try to communicate to the youths of more that is the same thing that His Majesty say? You know what I mean? And all youths know what His Majesty says because it is in them.

Earl Chin:                    Seen, seen, seen. You know I want to tell you from what I have been seeing in New York they have a new hair style called Bo Derek but it’s really some people braiding up their hair still which I think is them indirectly ready to come home to the message of His Imperial Majesty or it started that way still. And this tour now, how long will the tour be?

Bob Marley:                About to December.

Earl Chin:                    To December? It will be a long tour?

Bob Marley:                Kind of.

Earl Chin:                    You plan to hit about how many cities; probably about 40?

Bob Marley:                Yeah.

Earl Chin:                    Well that should definitely influence the upward movement of the album because the album is doing great and you haven’t started the tour yet.

Bob Marley:                Well I hope it will, you know how it goes.

Earl Chin:                    Would it be fair to ask you do you have a favorite track on it? And that might not be a good question.

Bob Marley:                My favorite track on the album? All of those tracks are favorites.

Earl Chin:                    Outstanding, right.

Bob Marley:                Real thing.

Earl Chin:                    You see, when I heard the album first I liked the rhythm ‘Pimper’s Paradise’.

Bob Marley:                Yeah.

Earl Chin:                    Yeah. ‘Coming in From the Cold’ is also one of my favorites too.

Bob Marley:                True?

Earl Chin:                    Yeah but as I said Redemption Song really move me from a spiritual and psychological standpoint still. How long ago did you write that song?

Bob Marley:                That song there. Tell you how long it was written? I can’t remember but it was not too long. It was not in the 60’s.

Earl Chin:                    Probably in December.

Bob Marley:                It was in the 70’s

Earl Chin:                    Seen. I see you have one of your percussionist players over there. I wonder if he would mind joining us. A man called Seeko..

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